Ahab's Return: Or, The Last Voyage

by Jeffrey Ford

On Sale: 02/09/2019


About the Book

A bold and intriguing fabulist novel that reimagines two of the most legendary characters in American literature-Captain Ahab and Ishmael of Herman Melville's Moby-Dick

At the end of a long journey, Captain Ahab returns to the mainland to confront the true author of the novel Moby-Dick, his former shipmate, Ishmael. For Ahab was not pulled into the ocean's depths by a harpoon line, and the greatly exaggerated rumors of his untimely death have caused him grievous harm-after hearing about Ahab's demise, his wife and child left Nantucket for New York, and now Ahab is on a desperate quest to find them.

Ahab's pursuit leads him to The Gorgon's Mirror, the sensationalist tabloid newspaper that employed Ishmael as a copy editor while he wrote the harrowing story of the ill-fated Pequod. In the penny press's office, Ahab meets George Harrow, who makes a deal with the captain: the newspaperman will help Ahab navigate the city in exchange for the exclusive story of his salvation from the mouth of the great white whale. But their investigation-like Ahab's own story-will take unexpected, dangerous, and ultimately tragic turns.

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062679017
  • ISBN 10: 0062679015
  • Imprint: HarperCollins - US
  • On Sale: 02/09/2019
  • Pages: 288
  • List Price: 27.99 AUD
  • BISAC1: FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Historical


Jeffrey Ford is the author of The Physiognomy, Memoranda, The Beyond, The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque, the Edgar Award-winning The Girl in the Glass, The Shadow Year, and The Drowned Life. He lives outside Columbus, Ohio, and teaches writing at Ohio Wesleyan University.

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